Yesterday news came out that the Toronto Maple Leafs intend to add some sandpaper to their lineup. The Leafs have been too easy to play against for far too long, and according to TSN’s Pierre Lebrun, Toronto has identified the muscle they intent to target once free agency opens on Friday afternoon. The Leafs love the idea of adding Wayne Simmonds to their roster. Simmonds had 25 points in 69 games between New Jersey and Buffalo.
Hearing that the Maple Leafs have genuine interest in pending UFA winger Wayne Simmonds at the right price. They have him listed as a target once free agency opens Friday. Again, would need to be a reasonable contract for it to work. But Leafs have sincere interest there.
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) October 6, 2020
Wayne Simmonds is undoubtedly on the back nine of his impactful playing career; that said, the Maple Leafs could use his toughness and leadership inside that locker room. Look for the Leafs to come at Simmonds with a two or three-year offer similar to the one Kyle Clifford declined to sign.